Etc => Mineral fairs/meetings => Topic started by: Frank de Wit on October 24, 2007, 09:50:09 AM

Title: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on October 24, 2007, 09:50:09 AM
On 9, 10 and 11 may there will be the 3rd International Symposium on Archeological Mining History
and it's in Maastricht, Valkenburg and Kanne this time !


There will be underground tours and presentations.

Interested people please contact John van Schaik and/or Jacquo Silvertant.

Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Jürgen Lange on October 24, 2007, 11:04:55 PM
hallo folks,

the first symposium was at reichelsheim (well known only 5 km south of the place where i am loving) in the odenwald region in hassia/germany
the second was held at freiburg/saxonia/germany
i had the chance to visit both meetings...
it is highly recommended to visit the next one, too.

i put it in my calendar.

hope to meet you there. i saw the lecture of valkenburg. great stuff...
jürgen lange/d
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Jamal Patrik Khan on October 29, 2007, 07:33:32 PM
Hello sistren & brethren,  :-)

that sounds fine and interesting, maybe that way I could meet my first "Strahler" in flesh and blood.

Cheers, Pat
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Jürgen Lange on October 29, 2007, 09:53:36 PM
hallo jamal, hallo neighbour - you are welcome here in the forum.

kind regards jürgen lange/d
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on January 07, 2008, 04:12:09 PM
John van Schaik asked me to inform the forum that there's a lot of demand for symposium-tickets...
So, any of you who still want to join us, please contact John/Jacquo fast ;-)

Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Jürgen Lange on March 15, 2008, 02:30:25 PM
I will start to come very early in the morning the day before. try to visit dumps thursday and friday morning. any ideas? greetings jürgen lange/de
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on March 16, 2008, 08:28:33 PM
go to the Hendrik and the Anna (if it was dry the week before)...
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on May 12, 2008, 06:57:34 PM
und Jürgen, wie war es?
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Jamal Patrik Khan on May 12, 2008, 11:17:38 PM
Hello Strahlers,
unfortunately I couldn't go to the symposium, did someone go there?

grz, Jamal
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Jürgen Lange on May 14, 2008, 08:19:18 PM
hallo friends, i took two holiday-days before to go to maastricht. unfortunately my co-driver reached my place at 6.00 in the afternoon, instead of 6 in the morning, as we had discussed two days before.

so we left on friday morning and collected some hayns at zielkowski(?) at mendig (plus magnetit) and reached our meeting in the afternoon.

we had wonderful days of discussion, being underground, making a tourist concept for the community of valkenburg. i had never seen such a good symposium even on a commercial base. jacquo and john were excellent. the hotel and the meeting underground ...... unspeakable.  if you would like to know what we saw, you can get a cheap book on that by jacquo and john. get in contact with them.

there is a next meeting next year. but how to top???? the place is not clear now. the place depends u. a. from are working comitte there. it needs some people to organize it. its not a business for a one man band.

i left the group sunday afternoon to visit nico. he gave me a very warm welcome. the time i got to leave from the symposium flew like a hurricane. thank you nico for your invitation, best wishes to your wife.
i saw wonderful xx also from the "low countries". hope to have an excursion there someday soon.

monday morning i left via longvilly + found wonderful pyros again after digging. my fellow broke a rock just by standing with his strong shoes from the surface. pyros up to 2 cm come out.

no traffic jam - no flash light from speed controll - but also no frank - here on this way again hope that you are getting better.

jürgen lange/de

Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on May 15, 2008, 02:14:36 PM
The organisation of the symposium made a really nice book ! I received it yesterday.

The book will cost euro 30,00 and can be ordered through

I think the book looks very good and the content is rich...

J. Silvertant & J. Ni Mhairtin: "What lies Beneath - 3. International Symposium on Archaeological Mining History", Institute Europa Subterranea, Maastricht 2008; ISBN 978-90-79491-02-5 ; 180 pages.

See below for cover and content.

Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on May 08, 2009, 04:04:29 PM
More info: see

29 may – 1 june 2009, Reichelsheim / Odenwald

Ancient mining

Relics of ancient mining activities are part of our European cultural landscape. Since humans learned to apply tools the extraction of stone, ores and mineral resources left its traces in the terrain. Many detailed questions about early mining techniques, the processing of extracted raw materials and also about the meaning of the mining and quarry industries for the social- economic structure and the development of settlements remain unanswered. Regarding these questions, archaeological methods could provide us with new resolution.


The traces of ancient mining activities are threatened in many European regions, because they often are not recognized as such and accordingly not treated as heritage sites. Mining archaeological research can contribute actively to the protection of historically valuable sites by means of publication and public works in order to establish a more general consciousness regarding these sites.


The „Arbeitsgemeinschaft Altbergbau Odenwald“ and the „Institute Europa Subterranea“ would like to invite you to attend the 4th International Symposium on archaeological Mining History from the 29th of May until the 1st of June 2009 at Rohrbach near Reichelsheim in Odenwald, Germany.

The motto of this years symposium is „Recognition, Investigation and Preservation“, which contains, next to the historical research and project presentations, trading and discussing new research methods for surface- and underground fieldwork, but also the presentation and development of new strategies in public affairs and geo-tourism and their role in the protection and preservation of mining heritage.


Mining archaeology, research (methodology, projects)
Heritage protection and geo-tourism concerning ancient mining
Symposium dates

29.5.2009 - 31.5.2009, 1.6.2009 (optional halfday workshop)


Rohrbach near Reichelsheim Odenwald

Registration closure: 28.2.2009
Registration closure presentation/poster: 28.2.2009
Deadline article symposium book: 28.2.2009
Payment fees due: 31.3.2009

Symposium fee

(6.12.2008, possible reduction due to sponsoring)
- Package 1 (Accommodation at the symposium site incl. workshop) - 220 €
- Package 2 (Accommodation at the symposium site excl. workshop) -185 €
- Package 3 (Symposium fee without accommodation and excl. workshop ) - 115 €

More information and registration by Internet see:
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on August 31, 2009, 11:57:51 PM
More info

The International Symposium on Archaeological Mining History was established in 2006 when it was held for the first time in Reichelsheim, Germany. In 2007 the members travelled to Freiberg, also in Germany. Both assemblies, focusing on medieval mining, were succesful in bringing reseachers and officials from several European regions together in a discussion about archaeological mining history in all its aspects.

In 2008 the symposium was held in Valkenburg and Maastricht in the South of the Netherlands and in Kanne - Riemst which is a border region to Belgium. The central theme of the symposium was focused on survey, study and protecting and consolidating the relics of ancient mining activity as part of the historical landscape. In 2009 the 4th symposium was held in Reichelsheim again and focused on Recognition, Investigation and Preservation.

Symposium 2010 - Freiberg, Germany

The „Förderverein Himmelfahrt Fundgrube e. V.“ and the „Institute Europa Subterranea“ gladly invite you to the 5th International Symposium on archaeological Mining History.

Date: 21.05 - 24.05.2010
Location: Freiberg, Germany.
Organisation: Förderverein Himmelfahrt Fundgrube e. V. and the Institute Europa Subterranea
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on April 14, 2011, 05:03:42 PM
New symposium

Van 10 tot en met 13 juni aanstaande vindt tijdens het Pinksterweekend het 6e internationale symposium over oude mijnbouw plaats. Het symposium is een initiatief van het Instituut Europa Subterranea in samenwerking met de Gemeente Valkenburg aan de Geul. Mijnbouwarcheologen, mijnbouwhistorici en andere belangstellenden uit een vijftal Europese landen wisselen dan kennis uit over het onderzoek naar met name pre-industriële mijnbouw. De Gemeente Valkenburg aan de Geul valt dit jaar de eer te beurt vanwege zijn centrale ligging in de euregionale mijnbouwregio. In een cirkel van 30 kilometer rondom Valkenburg komen zo’n beetje alle vormen van mijnbouw voor. Van prehistorische vuursteenwinning en mergelgroeven tot erts- en kolenmijnbouw.
Thema van het symposium is “Mijnbouwhistorische wetenschap en erfgoedlandschappen. Onderzoeksmethodologie, waardering en positionering van relicten van oude mijnbouw.”
Het programma begint op vrijdagmiddag 10 juni met een bezoek aan de Sibbergroeve, alwaar de deelnemers een demonstratie blokbreken zullen bijwonen. Op zaterdag 11 juni is er ’s morgens een academische zitting met een aantal lezingen en discussies door de deelnemers. In de namiddag volgt een bezoek aan de oudste delen van de Gemeentegrot met aansluitend een workshop tijdens welke zal worden onderzocht of de Gemeentegrot potentie als UNESCO Werelderfgoedsite heeft. Op zondagmorgen  vindt wederom een academische zitting plaats en de namiddag staat in het teken van een aantal veldbezoeken aan een aantal erfgoed locaties die ten behoeve van het toerisme worden uitgebaat en beheerd. Het symposium wordt op maandag 13 juni afgesloten met een archeologische workshop op de Sint Pietersberg, waarbij de vermeende Romeinse dagbouwgroeve van Slavante aan een oppervlakte onderzoek wordt onderworpen.
Personen die geïnteresseerd zijn om aan het symposium deel te nemen kunnen zich tot 15 mei aanstaande aanmelden via De kosten van deelname (incl.het symposiumboek en lunch & diner gedurende het weekend) bedragen EUR 140,-.
Institute Europa Subterranea
P.O. Box 70
NL-6300 AB Valkenburg a/d Geul
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on March 27, 2014, 09:53:26 AM
New IES symposium
International Symposium on Archaeological Mining History
The event is organized by MUSE, Science Museum of Trento, in collaboration with Institute Europa Subterranea with the contribution of Fondazione CARITRO.

5-8 june 2014

Corso del Lavoro e della Scienza 3, 38123 Trento, Italy


​The main topics of the first two days of the Symposium will be:
  - study cases on single mines/quarries
  - new methods in mining history and archaeology
  - study cases on archaeometallurgy 
  - mining landscapes archaeology
  - cultural enhancement of mining sites and landscapes
  - summary of long-time studies on mining archaeology with cultural enhancement outputs (good practice examples)

The third day is specifically dedicated to mineralogy on mining sites:
   - study cases on mineralogy in single mines or protected areas
   - documentation methods of mining/mineralogical sites
   - mineralogical collections as cultural heritage
​5th of June:
visit to MUSE during the Welcome Party.

6th of June:
visit to the ancient quarries of “Rosso Ammonitico” (local ornamental stone) in the city of Trento and in the surroundings
(Cava di Pila - Villamontagna).

7th of June:
visit to the medieval silver mines of the Monte Calisio plateau.

8th of June:
optional for people that won’t participate to the mineralogical session – “Il Cucchiaio dell’Argentario”: a cultural-gastronomic long walk through the mining area of Calisio, organized by Ecomuseo Argentario, with some stop-over where people could attend a show  and eat/drink typical food/wine coming from the farms in the neighborhoods.
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on June 09, 2014, 03:15:45 PM
Nxt IES symposium will (probably) be in Aichach, Bayern, Germany

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Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on June 21, 2014, 11:51:47 AM
more info
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on December 02, 2014, 10:21:06 PM

21-24 may 2015

Aichach, Bayern, Germany

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Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on December 29, 2015, 09:04:03 PM

13-15 may 2016

Vilpianerstr. 27. 39010 Nals, Südtirol / South Tirol, Italy

For the yearbooks, see,17537.0.html
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on December 29, 2016, 09:05:44 PM
IES-symposium 2017
XII. Symposium des "Institut Europa Subterranea"
not yet on

"Vergessenes Wissen - historische Methoden und Technologien in der europäischen Montangeschichte"
veranstaltet durch: "Förderverein Himmelfahrt Fundgrube e. V."

25-28 may 2017

Forschungs- und Lehrbergwerk „Reiche Zeche“ der TU Bergakademie Freiberg / "Silberbergwerk Freiberg"
Freiberg, Sachsen, Germany,5140.0.html

For the yearbooks, see,17537.0.html
Title: Re: IES-symposium
Post by: Frank de Wit on October 25, 2017, 11:53:53 PM
IES-symposium 2018
13th International Symposium on Archaeological Mining History

10-13 may 2018

Kelmis/La Calamine, Belgium

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